Duke Performances

Okaidja Afroso: Jaku Mumor – Ancestral Spirit

Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 7:00 pm

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Okaidja Afroso weaves together cross-cultural influences to create hypnotic sonic landscapes. A multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and dancer, Afroso hails from a family of musicians and storytellers from the fishing village of Kokrobite on Ghana’s west coast. In his 25 years as a touring artist, Afroso has performed in diverse venues spanning the globe — from small fishing villages in the Canadian Arctic to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

In Jaku Mumor — Ancestral Spirit, Afroso dives into his cultural roots by collaborating directly with indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen to share the artistry of their a cappella singing and chants in his music and via film. This profoundly moving new work caps off a weeklong residency on our Durham campus. The performance is features five Ghanaian musicians collaborating alongside an original film by Afroso.

Commissioned by Duke University with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign an Stanford Live, Stanford University

Okaidja Afroso is exclusively represented by Bernstein Artists, Inc.: www.bernsarts.com

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His Voice, guitar, and percussion instruments blended into a landscape that was transcendent.

Beth Megill, LA Dance Review